Legal & Regulatory

How security trustees protect investor rights in corporate debt restructuring

18 May 2022

By Rehma Imrith, Commercial Director  In the wake of the global economic downturn initiated by the Covid-19 pandemic, numerous businesses have found themselves facing financial difficulty. As a result, many companies – especially those in the emerging ma…

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April Industry News

04 April 2022

A collection of news across the African private equity and venture capital industry | XSML reaches hard cap for African Rivers Fund III at USD 85 million XSML, a fund manager active in Central & East Africa, has reached the hard cap for its African …

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Bowmans shines at the Chamber Africa Awards

19 January 2022

Leading African law firm Bowmans has been recognised at the Chambers Africa Awards ceremony held on the 13th of January. The firm’s Kenyan practice was named Kenya Law Firm of the Year and its chairman and senior partner, Ezra Davids, was named South Afri…

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White & Case named Africa-wide Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year

18 January 2022

Global Law firm White & Case LLP was named "Africa-wide Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year" at the Chambers Africa Awards 2022, presented on January 13. The Chambers Africa Awards recognise "a law firm's pre-eminence in key jurisdictions in the …

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AVCA and PenOp launch inaugural report on pension funds and private equity investment in Nigeria

14 December 2021

The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) and the Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria (PenOp) are pleased to release the first-ever report on Nigerian Pension funds engagement with private equity. The report incorporate…

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AVCA appoints new members to the Legal & Regulatory Committee

15 November 2021

November 15, 2021 – London, UK: The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) is delighted to announce new appointments to its Legal and Regulatory (L&R) Committee.  The new Committee members are Olawunmi Abiodun, Vice President a…

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VC and PE professionals launch Association in Ghana

28 October 2021

Venture Capital (VC) and Private Equity (PE) practitioners in Ghana rallied together to launch the Ghana Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (GVCA) at an event attended by industry players, government officials, development finance personnel, regu…

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Mauritius: Update to Securities Act aims to encourage investment and economic growth

09 October 2021

Written by Fazil Hossenkhan (Managing Partner, Moka, Mauritius) and Nafiisah Jeehoo (Associate), Bowmans Companies in the capital markets and private equity space are likely to benefit from the coming into force of the Mauritius Securities (Amendment) Ac…

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On Nigeria's National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Bill and its impact on investors

15 September 2021

Written by Bukola Bankole (Partner) and Genevieve Henshaw (Senior Associate), The New Practice (TNP) A few weeks ago, news of the leaked National Information Technology Development Agency Bill (the “Bill”) was all over the internet with its key provisi…

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Why discretionary family trusts are great for asset protection and estate planning

05 July 2021

As the world continues to navigate its way through Covid-19, many are concerned about taking care of their loved ones should the worst come to pass. Indeed, the pandemic has brought asset protection and estate planning to the forefront of financial planni…

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The Special Purpose Fund (SPF) rules in Mauritius

25 May 2021

The Mauritius Financial Services Commission (FSC) recently released a set of rules under the Special Purpose Fund (SPF) regime to provide further flexibility and ease access to new markets. The rules provide flexibility and global competitive cost structu…

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Bowmans expands into Malawi and Zambia

01 June 2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe is not stopping leading African law firm, Bowmans, from moving forward. Less than a year after it announced it was opening a new office in Mauritius and entering into an alliance with Assefa & Associat…

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South African regulatory reform – what does it mean for Private Equity Fund managers?

25 March 2020

Following the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, regulation was largely criticised for failing to protect customers, prompting regulators throughout the world to undertake a review of financial regulation. Following the lead of a number of developed count…

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AVCA Regulatory Update: MiFID II – What does it mean for you?

30 November 2017

What is MiFID II? Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) II is the sequel to the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (I) which was introduced in 2007. This legislation, due to come in force in January 2018, provides an EU framework for…

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Investment Funds: The South African Headquarter Company Regime Hurdle

18 September 2017

With the increasing appetite for investments into African jurisdictions, the South African private equity landscape needs to adapt in order to attract direct foreign investment and to facilitate the seamless investment and divestment in and from these j…

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Nigeria’s FX Window: Boosting investors’ renewed confidence?

22 August 2017

Nigerian law guarantees investors the unconditional transferability of proceeds of their investments in Nigeria in convertible currency, provided that inflow and repatriation are effected through Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) authorised dealers - subject …

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AVCA announces changes to Legal & Regulatory Committee

17 June 2016

London, UK, 2 June 2016: The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) today announce a series of changes to the leadership and membership of its Legal & Regulatory (L&R) Committee. Folake Elias-Adebowale, Partner at Udo Udoma…

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Helios completes Crown Agents deal

31 March 2016

Helios, the pan-African investment firm, is set to deliver a postcolonial turnround with a deal for key divisions of Crown Agents — a company which was once a pillar of the British empire. The deal for Crown Agents Bank and its sister asset management co…

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Charles Russell Speechlys advises management on the sale of Emerging Markets Payments

23 March 2016

Charles Russell Speechlys (CRS) has acted as legal adviser to the management team of Emerging Markets Payments (EMP), the leading Africa and Middle East payments business, on the sale of EMP by Actis to Network International. Actis is the private equity f…

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This #InternationalDayofForests we spotlight @norfund and @BritishIntInv and their investment in the African…